The Ruling On the Field Does Not Stand

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins 08/28/09
Photo credit: Keith Allison

Author: Tammy Kuzma

Weā€™ve all sat in the stands and watched as our favorite team is humming along in perfect harmony on top of their game. Then it happens, a flag is thrown and one horrible call shifts the momentum of the entire game which changes what should have been an incredible outcome. You leave the stadium in disbelief and work through your week until the following Sunday when the slate is wiped clean and you start all over again.

In 1986, exactly 20 years before Roger Goodell became the NFL Commissioner (2006), the NFL introduced instant replay to the game. Not only did it make the game more entertaining for live television but it allowed the plays to be reviewed in order to ensure that one horrible call didnā€™t always go unchallenged.

Flash back to Super Bowl XLIX and the deflatgate scandal. The hypothetical flag was thrown. Goodell made the call and assigned the penalty. The courts reviewed the instant replay and turned over your call Mr. Commissioner. Move on.

Flash forward to current date. We just finished Week 2 of the current season. Tom Brady had 466 yards passing and 3 touchdown completions. He is considered the number one quarterback in the NFL by many internet sites and yet he still gets no recognitions from Goodell or the NFL. I highly suspect this will continue until Week 5. After all, that is the week in Goodellā€™s mind that Brady should be allowed to return.

Itā€™s no surprise that Goodell wants to centralize instant replay to the leagues headquarters so that he can have added control over the outcomes in the NFL. It seems Goodell has become the big headed superstar that thinks this team canā€™t progress without him. The momentum is changing Mr. Commissioner. The fans want to idolize the players and love the game. Last year is gone. Last week is gone. Time to wipe the slate clean and start all over again.

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